For instance, if I am speaking of the misfortunes of this mortal life, surely it will help me to
adduce the opinion of those nations who hold that
we should weep over the new-born child and rejoice
over the dead. Or if I am urging the judge to shew
pity, surely my argument may be assisted by the
fact that Athens, the wisest of all states, regarded
pity not merely as an emotion, but even as a god.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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